The new student accommodation, The Quads, provides an additional 708 en-suite bedrooms to the existing accommodation on campus, divided into 75 flats across two buildings. Each of the five blocks of flats is named after a species of tree: Acer, Bay, Chestnut, Damson and Ebony.
The plans were developed in consultation with students and staff with a prototype bedroom built on campus:
- the bedrooms provide a welcoming environment, space to study, en-suite facilities and infrastructure for the latest technology
- each flat has a modern kitchen and dining area with floor to ceiling windows that overlook the courtyards to the north and south
- pairs of flats share a communal lounge to encourage social interaction across different flats
- the lounges are equipped with wall-mounted TVs and moveable seating to enable students to use this space as they see fit.
- planning consent granted February 2013
- opened summer 2014
- value: £43m.
The Lime Tree refectory
The complex is also home to a new refectory, The Lime Tree, capable of seating up to 350 people and open to the whole University. The flexible space offers a café, bar, pizza and pasta eatery and fresh food delicatessen.
A light brick, copper and glass façade encloses the proposed refectory space, whilst an overhang roof provides shade and shelter for gathering spaces outside.